Jack Rodwell has been linked with a shock move away from Blackburn Rovers.
According to Italian media outlet Gianluca DiMarzio, Serie B side Livorno are interested in the 27-year-old.
Rodwell is only back to playing first-team football in somewhat regular fashion this season having been taken in from the cold by Tony Mowbray at Ewood Park.
After making just a handful of appearances for Sunderland last year, he was released in November and was without a club for the remainder of the season.
No opportunities were forthcoming until Blackburn offered the former Manchester City man a lifeline.
Rodwell has made ten appearances for Rovers this term as his current side occupy 10th spot in the Championship.
If the Blackburn man were to move to the second tier of Italy, he would be joining a team third bottom in its league, just one point off last place – and entrenched in a relegation battle.
It’s a strange January transfer rumour, and we here at FLW wanted to ask our team of writers their thoughts on Livorno’s apparent interest in the former England international.
Here’s what some of them had to say.
“If he goes, he’s a snake.
“If Blackburn want him gone fair enough, but he owes them his career.
“Italy would be an attractive option, but he should be paying back Tony Mowbray.
“He owes him that.”
“This seems like a strange one.
“I would love to see Rodwell continue at Blackburn and turn things around, but it is looking like he will struggle to do that.
“Mowbray should speak to the midfielder, and if he wants to go, they should let him.”
“I don’t really buy this, to be honest, and so I’ll take it with a hefty pinch of salt.
“Rodwell is at least featuring for Blackburn, and they seem competitive in the play-off race – not for me, this one.”